Richard Powers

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General Information

Name: Richard Powers

Pen Name: None

Born: June 18, 1957 in Evanston, Illinois



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Illinois Connection

Powers was born in Evanston and moved to Lincolnwood in the mid 60's. He attended the University of Illinois. He currently teaches at the University of Illinois and lives in Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Powers is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology. While he was born in and currently resides in Illinois, Richard Powers has lived in Bangkok, Boston, Holland and Cambridge. Most of his books have been inspired by his events in his life and the places his life has taken him.

In 1992 he accepted a position as writer-in-residence at the University of Illinois and was named to Illinois's endowed Swanlund Chair in English in 1996 and named Center for Advanced Study Professor of English in 1999. Today, he continues to serve as a Swanlund Professor of English and Professor at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois as well as write, teach, and travel.

Published Works

  • Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, Beech Tree, 1985
  • Prisoner`s Dilema, Beech Tree, 1988
  • The Gold Bug Variations, Morrow, 1991
  • Operation Wandering Soul, Morrow, 1993
  • Galatea 2.2, Farrar, 1995
  • Gain, Farrar, 1998
  • Plowing the Dark, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000
  • The Time of Our Singing, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003
  • The Echo Maker, 2006
  • Generosity, Atlantic Books, 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance

ISBN: 0060975091
Release Date: 2001-05-08

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Operation Wandering Soul

ISBN: 006097611X
Release Date: 2002-04-02

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Plowing The Dark

ISBN: 0099286726
Release Date: 2002-02-07

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The Time of Our Singing

ISBN: 0434010626
Release Date: 2003

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The Echo Maker

ISBN: 0312426437
Release Date: 2007-08-21

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ISBN: 1848871252
Release Date: 2010

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Literary Awards


  • James Fenimore Cooper Prize, 1998

The Gold Bug Variations

  • TIME Magazine's Best Novel, 1991

Plowing in the Dark

  • Vursell Award, 2000

The Echo Maker

  • National Book Award, 2006

Other Awards:

  • One of five "Writers of the Decade" by Esquire magazine, 1999
  • Lannan Literary Award, 1999
  • Corrington Award for Literary Excellence
  • Dos Passos Prize For Literature, 2002
  • Rosenthal Award
  • PEN/Hemingway Special Citation
  • W. H. Smith Literary Award (U.K.)
  • Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
  • Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2001

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes


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External Links

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